This weekend, Michael Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan, will barnstorm Iowa to help raise money for the Scott County Republican Party, Congressman Steve King, and Congressman Tom Latham.
Reagan was invited to the state by the Scott County GOP. Brian Kennedy, a former state party chair and congressional candidate, now serves as the finance chair of the Scott County GOP and has made a point to invite high profile Republicans to help increase the organization’s fundraising in recent months. Kennedy’s involvement is an indication that a Republican resurgence is afoot in Iowa.
Reagan is also promoting his new political action committee called The Reagan PAC. The PAC’s mission is to help rebuild the Republican Party and elect conservative candidates to office. The stated goals of Michael Reagan’s PAC should sound familiar to anyone who was a fan of his father. The group advocates for a strong national defense, reducing the tax burden on American families, and shrinking the size of government.
TheIowaRepublican.com had the opportunity to talk to Reagan Tuesday afternoon in advance of his visit to Iowa. Reagan discussed how Republicans can come together to win elections this fall and his focus on helping the Republican Party, and he also shared a number of stories about his father.
Reagan told TheIowaRepublican.com that Republicans can “stitch together” a Reagan-like coalition if they focus on issues that have wide appeal to Republicans, Independents, and even Democrats. When asked about what those issues were, Reagan said, “Jobs, jobs, jobs, and jobs.” Later in the interview, Reagan also said the immigration issue is important.
TheIowaRepublican.com told Reagan that some conservatives in Iowa think that his father’s 80/20 rule and the term “Big Tent” mean that they must compromise on their core beliefs like the right to life or traditional marriage. Reagan disagreed with the notion that social conservatives are being asked to compromise on those issues at all.
Reagan stated that Republicans need to address the issues that most Americans are concerned about, such as repealing healthcare, illegal immigration, and jobs. Focusing on those issues does not mean that anyone has to compromise on the issue of life or any other social issue.
Reagan also shared a couple of stories. Recently Reagan was in Poland to celebrate the 20th anniversary of freedom from communist rule. Reagan walking in the square with the Polish president and a number of other government officials. All of those officials sadly passed away when the President’s airplane crashed last month.
Reagan also talked about why his father lost the Iowa caucuses to George H. W. Bush in 1980. Reagan said, “My father’s advisors were running the campaign like he was already the President, and it didn’t work.” Reagan said that his father asked him for his advice, and he told his father to change his staff and get back to grassroots politics. His father took this advice won the nomination.
The last part of our conversation centered on the current tone of politics in America. Reagan said that his father always talked about how great America was, not how bad things are. He also said that his father always looked for the good in people, not the bad.
Reagan then mentioned the inscription on his father’s tombstone that reads, “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.” Reagan indicated that we need leaders who look for the good in people once again.
I couldn’t do an interview with a national figure who has a great last name and who just happens to be hitting three congressional districts in 24 hours without asking if he has ever entertained the thought of running for national office. Reagan said, “I’m focused on doing whatever I can to help the Republican Party be successful. Whether or not that leads to running for office someday, I don’t know.” You have to admit, a Reagan yard sign would be pretty popular.
Reagan did ask for a plug for his new email service. He said the email accounts like Google, Yahoo, and others take their profits and fund liberal causes. Reagan is offering a conservative alternative with “@reagan.com.” If you are interested, please click here. All profits will go towards helping to elect Republicans.
You can catch Reagan at one of three events this weekend.
Friday – 5:30 p.m.
Scott County Republican Party
Meet the Candidates Rally with Michael Reagan
Starlight Ballroom – Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
2815 W. Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa
Saturday – 12 noon
Latham For Congress Lunch
With Special Guest Michael Reagan
4th District Republican Convention
Alden Community High School
1903 N. Taylor Avenue – Iowa Falls, Iowa
Saturday – 5:00 p.m.
King for Congress
Renewing America with Michael Reagan
Walnut Center – Iowa State Fairgrounds
Des Moines, Iowa
(Craig Robinson will be the emcee of this event)
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